For quite some time now, our society has been all about the hustle. We’ve been running ourselves ragged trying to achieve more, get more, and of course all while we stay in control of our lives. But what if that’s never been what life was supposed to be about? What if is all we’ve done is just indeed run ourselves ragged?
If we’re honest, I think we’re all feeling this fatigue, and even though a contagious virus is not how most of us would choose to pause, some of us have been craving it for quite some time.
But now that we’re here, what do we do with it? How do we slow down and make use of it when we’ve been so trained to constantly run?
Our first step is to RE-ENGAGE. We must re-engage with what is important. What is it that you’ve lost touch with amidst all the hustling? When’s the last time you’ve thought about your priorities in life? Are they making it to the top of your list on a daily basis?
Here are some questions to ask yourself to make sure you’re pausing well...
Does your relationship with God look as it should? Have you been making time to pray, to be in His Word? This is a foundational part of a purposeful day and a purposeful life. Taking time pausing to ask the Father what He has for you on any given day. Allowing Him to align your priorities; taking the time to sit with him, to converse, to listen, to simply pause. This is always priority number one, and when we miss it, we usually can tell.
What does time with your spouse and your family look like? How long have they just been getting the scraps? When’s the last time you had a conversation together about anything other than the kids or the running of the household... or, about how exhausted you are?
It’s time for a change. Use this pause to re-engage your family. Pull out that devotional that you’ve attempted to do 100 times. If you don’t have one, we’ve got a great one for you HERE. Get talking with one another. Play a game with the kids, have a family dinner where you actually have conversations without heads angled down into a phone. Put some new phone free rules into place.
Engage one another.
Prioritize your family.
Lastly, how have you been investing in the lives of others? Who is that friend you’ve been meaning to check in on? I personally have a friend who has written me a card with a note and a prayer in it every week for almost a year now. That friend has been a lifeline for me. Are you being that friend? Maybe now you can actually take the time to sit down and write a letter to someone. Maybe someone needs a call, a gift card, or just some contact letting them know you’re there, you’re praying, and you see them.
God always wants us loving others well, and yet our busyness never seems to allow time for that. But now, now we have the time.
It’s time for us to USE THE PAUSE and RE-ENGAGE.
Let’s slow it all down together. Align with God and His priorities…Love Him and love others (Matthew 22:37-39). Let’s take God at His Word and “consider it pure joy when we face trials” (James 1:2-4) because let's face it, sometimes those trials bring us exactly what we’ve been needing the whole time. Let's use this difficult time as an opportunity to create some good.
BONUS INFO : In addition, now is a great time to evaluate your greatest stressors to help you identify more areas to address that can help make your life better.
How are your finances, if this situation is making you feel vulnerable, is there something you need to change?
How is your physical health? Is your body feeling the strain of the stress?
What is it you're afraid of running out of? Why? Are you panicked? Ask yourself why.
Are any fears you need to deal with being identified? Now that they're on the table, it's time to address them.
Here’s to moving forward, linking arms and making purpose of the pause together! It's time to grow!
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